Michael Donohue is already eyeing more silverware after narrowly missing out on a second successive Under-18 Premier League title this season.
The 17-year-old winger played a key role in the young Blues’ title-winning campaign of 2013/14.
He also impressed this season after overcoming an ankle problem – but Kevin Sheedy’s side were denied on the final day as a narrow 1-0 away defeat at Manchester City meant Middlesbrough pipped the Toffees to the league crown.
“It has been an up and down season,” Donohue told evertonfc.com. “I was injured for the first half of the season but in the second half, I’ve come back and done well.
“I’ve had my dips in form but overall I’m quite pleased with how I’ve done since I came back from the injury. I’ve shown that I can deal with getting injured and coming back into the team and do well.
“Every year you want to win [the title] and you want to be part of that. You play to win and although it’s about development, you’ve got to develop that winning mentality as well.”
While Donohue remains unsure as to what next season may bring, he is determined to continue his development through the Blues’ Academy.
He added: “I’m not sure what’s going to happen – I might still be involved with the Under-18s and if that’s the case, I want to win the league title again. But I’d also like to be pushing towards the Under-21s and trying to earn a starting place for them.
“That will come from getting a good pre-season, a strong start to the season and hopefully, by doing that, David Unsworth will pick me.”